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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

NZ forestry industry has a brighter outlook than in 2021

The forestry industry in New Zealand and elsewhere round the country has started the New Year with a bit more optimism than it finished 2021, thanks to a small lift in log prices. Source: Gisborne Herald In November last year the industry was said to be in “crisis” mode due to the dec
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Building approvals increase in November

The number of building approvals issued in November 2021 increased by 3.6% compared with the previous month, with both detached and multi-unit approvals increasing for the month. Source: Timberbiz Approvals for detached homes in November 2021 were the strongest since February 2000, ex
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Both lobby groups and forestry criticise WA Government

The WA government’s plan to stop native logging continues to be criticised with lobby groups on both sides speaking out. Source: Busselton Mail In September 2021 the government announced it would end native timber logging from 2024, leaving nearly two million hectares of native
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WA government threatens mills not to seek legal redress

WA mills have been told that any attempt to seek legal redress over any breach of contract would result in them missing out on any compensation from the Government’s $50 million transition package for logging businesses impacted by the native logging ban. Source: Timberbiz The State G
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Metsa donates EUR 500,000 to forestry research

Metsä Group has donated EUR 250,000 each to the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu. These donations will be allocated to science, agriculture and forestry at the University of Helsinki and to technology at the University of Oulu. Metsä Group wants to invest in developin
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Kesla firefighting tractor on sale now

Finnish company Kesla Oyj is known for forest technology and material processing products, one example is forest trailers for tractors. In recent years, tractor equipment has become increasingly versatile and now Kesla is selling a trailer concept with fire-extinguishing features. The
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Little Green Lies exposed

A new book by John Mullinder, ‘Little Green Lies and Other BS: From “Ancient” Forests to “Zero” Waste’, challenges nearly 40 common misconceptions about forests and the forest products industry, highlighting the facts that are often overlooked in provocative headlines and fundraising
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A snapshot of Australia’s forest dominated past

A new trove of plant, insect, fish and other fossils offers an unprecedented snapshot of Australia’s wetter, forest-dominated past. Source: Science News McGraths Flat in New South Wales contains thousands of beautifully preserved specimens of flowering plants, ferns, spiders, insects
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Much ado about replanting forestry by Nelson City Council

A city councillor’s two-year fight to prevent Nelson City Council forestry land being replanted in pine ultimately failed its last-ditch attempt to change course. The council now faces another 30 years of commercial pine, unless it decides to rip out saplings from about a third of its
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